Many thanks to Steve Wilson for judging the Society’s mono print competition. Steve’s comments about each image was insightful and positive and often the difference between two images depended on minor differences in the pictures and the author’s rendition of the print. Steve had the unenviable task of choosing, from sixty-one excellent prints, the winners.
In first place was Neville Turton with his picture entitled “Cheetah Resting”. Steve particularly like the presentation of the large print and its excellent composition. The Cheetah’s head was pin sharp and had a relaxed expression. The mono treatment of the image showed the Cheetah’s coat camouflaging with the similar tones in the grass and bush.
In second place “Last Light on the Pikes” by Antony Ward. Steve praised the light picking out the detail and the dynamic lighting caught on the hillside. He noted that the shadow areas were not lost, and the depth of field was from a sharp foreground to the distant hills. Overall the picture had a real sense of drama.
In third place “Magic Mantle” taken by Roger Mockridge. The soft tranquil feel and the different lines and recession effect were noted by Steve. He commented that there was a lot to please the eye in the image which was complemented by a strong sky.
Three pictures were Highly Commended “Dessert Tree” by Neville Turton, “The wreck Mull” by Antony Ward and “Troll Rocks” by John Illingworth.
In addition, 3 images were commended. “Black Rock Cottage” Roger Mockridge, “India Portrait no 2” Harry Silcock and “Fishing Huts” Anthony Emmott